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Victor Mancha is a Marvel Comics character created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, first appearing in Runaways Vol. 2 #1 (dated April 2005).

Victor's mother was Marianella Mancha, a former petty thief, while his father is none other than Ultron. Victor lived a normal life (or so he thought), attending high school in Los Angeles, with a deep admiration for superheroes across the world. Little did he know, he was only a few years old, implanted with Fake Memories, and was intended to become the Manchurian Agent that would infiltrate The Avengers and dismantle them from the inside, destined to become the supervillain known as Victorious...

... but then the Runaways learned of this thanks to the Gert Yorkes of that Bad Future travelling back to warn her younger self. They basically kidnap him from high school, where Victor learned of his powers fighting off the others, and after a hectic fight and chase, Victor is ultimately subdued and taken back to the hostel. Following an interrogation, they learn that his father is Doctor Doom, or so it seemed. In reality, his father turned out to be Ultron, and it was there where Victor learned of his destiny, and from that moment onward he vowed to never become that person, taking a heroic path instead.


Victor Mancha is the first new recruit to the Runaways following the end of The Good Die Young arc, replacing Decoy Protagonist Alex Wilder as the long-running second male of the team, and is the best-known non-original Runaway overall, to the point where he's probably just as well known as the originals, if not more than the others besides Nico Minoru.

His powers include Super Strength, Super Toughness, electromagnetokinesis, and various computer gadgets built into him.

Oh, and since he's the son of Ultron, he's got relatives as diverse as Hank Pym, The Vision, Wonder Man, Scarlet Witch, and Wiccan.

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Victor Mancha provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Affirmative Action Girl: Gender Inverted. Victor was introduced to fill the "second male" void left by Alex's death at the end of the first arc, and essentially serves as his replacement being the permanent male member of the Runaways alongside Chase. Though unlike Alex, he's not a Non-Action Guy.
  • Anime Hair: Depending on the Artist, this can range from mild to completely ridiculous.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Subverted with Ultron. Despite being on opposite ends of the moral spectrum, and Victor being his "son", he's never fought his father after learning what he was. Even Victor's role in the Age of Ultron storyline was pretty minor.
  • Ascended Fanboy:
    • In the original timeline this is what led to the Bad Future: Victor becomes the Avenger Victorious and kills all other superheroes. In the main timeline he does partake in heroics, but it isn't until Hank Pym recruits him for his team in Avengers A.I. that he becomes a fully-fledged Avenger.
    • In the "Canon Fodder" story arc in Rainbow Rowell's Runaways, he's revealed to be a huge fan of the original J-Team, and upon visiting Doc Justice's mansion, he gets all of the Runaways to become the new J-Team, with himself being the new Kid Justice.
  • Brain Bleach: Being a computer, he can delete his own memories, which comes in handy when the team's game of Truth or Dare gets into squickier territories.
  • Breakout Character: Of the three Runaways introduced following the end of the first arc, Victor is the only one who's managed to last and become recognized as a core member that essentially replaces Alex. The fact that he's spread out into other books whereas Xavin and Klara were mostly contained to Runaways before being Put on a Bus further highlights this.
  • Cool Big Bro: Not only has this dynamic with Molly once he joins the team, but with Klara as well. It sometimes has shades of Big Brother Instinct.
  • Endearingly Dorky: Turbo called him "charmingly fanboyish".
  • Everyone Has Standards: After having been kidnapped for being the son of a supervillain meant to become one in the future, he was willing to play along to find out who his parent was... until they brought up the Red Skull as a potential candidate and seriously considered the possibility that it could be him. That was the moment Victor refused to cooperate and used force to escape because he didn't want to even entertain the idea that his father could be a Nazi. Fortunately, he was right, as instead his father was the still-evil-but-not-a-Nazi Ultron.
  • Fake Memories: His entire life up until a few years ago is one big fake memory. He's actually younger than Molly, and what he remembers of his childhood and teenage years are all fabrication.
  • Finger in the Mail: His decapitated head is sent to the Runaways by Tony Stark after being killed in The Vision (2015).
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: At first, even when he joined the Runaways the other members had been cold and distrusting towards him because of his future as a supervillain, with Molly being the only exception. They eventually got over it, though.
  • Future Me Scares Me: He's never actually met his Bad Future self, but the idea is more than enough to scare him.
  • Genius Bruiser: It's easy to forget, since he mainly sticks to his long-range abilities, but he's definitely super-strong. One time a villain called the Swarm threw a mailbox at him, and he effortlessly punched it out of the way, flattening it in the process.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Since his Mexican mother raised him he often utters exclamations in the language.
  • Going Cold Turkey: Refuses to get anywhere near Vibranium in the 2017 series.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Part human, part robot His "father" is freaking Ultron.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has one after getting a new body and finding out it was armed with weapons. He still remembers killing his nephew.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Victor is considered a core Runaway and yet wasn't introduced until the second volume.
  • Logic Bomb: He was programmed to be both spiritual and logical, so something that contradicts one while supporting the other, e.g. "Could God make a sandwich so big even He couldn't finish it?" causes him to freak out and shut down. Chase mentions that he has about three statements left that could make him do this, and each one only works once.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has long-ish hair and is the most attractive boy in the group.
  • Losing Your Head: After his body is destroyed, his head is sent to the Runaways. It turns out he can think and talk fine as a head, and was faking being "dead" after the head was activated.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Zigzagged. First it looks like Dr. Doom is his dad, having had a one-night-stand with his mother when she was on a trip in Latveria. Then the villain turns out to be a robot, and not one made by Dr. Doom. Ultron then shows up and explains that he is Victor's dad, and created him in an effort to make a sleeper agent who could bring down the Avengers; the Dr. Doom backstory was his idea of a false origin story for Victor that would set his plans back on track despite the Runaways' interference.
  • Manchurian Agent: What Ultron planned to use Victor for, having him eventually join the Avengers to destroy them internally. It didn't pan out.
  • Meat-Sack Robot: Victor Mancha is an Ultron construct whose body was designed so that over time, his organs would reconstruct themselves in ways that would enable them to mimic organic material, until his cybernetic nature became impossible to detect.
  • Nice Guy: Victor is a pretty down to earth, easy going, calm and friendly guy most of the time.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: His dad killed his mom and revealed his origins, leading him to join the Runaways.
  • Raised Catholic: Ultron mentions his mother was very devout, and it goes along with his programming to be spiritual. He's more comfortable with it than Nico is, asking if he can pray with her at one point.
  • Religious Robot: Or robot-human hybrid.
  • The Smart Guy: He's very good with machines and computers. Possibly because he is one.
  • Selective Magnetism: His electromagnetic powers.
  • Shock and Awe: Again, electromagnetism, which often translates to firing lightning from his hands.
  • Sixth Ranger: The first Runaway to join after the initial 18-issue storyline.
  • So Proud of You: During the team's crossover with Avengers Academy, Hank Pym lets him know that all of his regrets over creating Ultron are worth it, because if he hadn't created Ultron, then Ultron wouldn't have created Victor.
  • Tangled Family Tree: As Ultron's "son", he's related to half the Marvel Universe, including three of the Young Avengers.
  • Technopath: To an extent, he has some control over electronics due to being Ultron's son.
  • Teen Genius: Due to being a computer, he is far more knowledgeable about trivia than Gert.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Originally created to destroy the Avengers from the inside.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It's heavily implied that his hacking some random computer was responsible for the accident that killed Old Lace.
  • Wet Blanket Wife: After Nico slept with him in a moment of weakness, he assumed that they were going to become a normal couple and tried to play the role of the supportive boyfriend, but often ended up annoying her instead.
  • Younger Than They Look: As mentioned above, despite looking the same age as Nico and the others, he's actually younger than Molly.


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